Book Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

Posted July 13, 2013 by Debby in Book Reviews

Book Review: Wait for You by J. LynnWait for You by J. Lynn
Series: Wait for You #1
Published by Self-Published on February 26th, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 332
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

Some things are worth waiting for…

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago—an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe—please God—make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn’t need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she’s building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing…

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that’s just so… so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet…

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she’s has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for…

2.5 Stars

When this book first came out in February, it had an amazing amount of hype. Praise was thrown around everywhere, this book was apparently just amazing, and one of the best things the New Adult genre had to offer. Soon afterwards it was picked up by HarperCollins to be published for real. All that buzz, all that hype, and the fact that I love Jennifer’s Lux series, meant I had to read this one at some point. Ultimately, however, I’m not too impressed. It was good but not great, and I’ll probably forget about it before too long.

This was my first foray into the New Adult genre, which many readers have either been praising the crap out of or been extremely skeptical about. I fall under the latter category. I appreciated the somewhat heavier topics covered in this book (rape, suicide, drinking, sex) and the college setting, which was a nice change of pace. But for all intents and purposes this felt very much like a young adult contemporary romance with some erotica thrown in.

At some points it just felt like Wait for You was trying too hard. And what do I mean by that? Something kept me from really being absorbed by the story, and that left me on the outside, looking in, ready to question anything. From pop culture references (Harry Potter, Supernatural, etc) to over-the-top cliché romance. The one thing I may just remember about this book was this really weird scene. Avery had gotten drunk, and Cam was in her apartment taking care of her. She throws up in the bathroom until there’s nothing left, and he decides she needs to change her clothes to get into bed. But with the literal excuse of I don’t know where you keep your clean clothes he instead takes off HIS SHIRT (so…yay… we can ogle his hot body again) and makes her wear it, cuing this awkward scene of him undressing her, but being modest about it sort of and turning around at points but… seriously? smh.

I appreciated the obvious struggles Avery was going through and her resistance to trusting people considering her past, and that ultimately made her story rather endearing. But in terms of personality, I didn’t really connect with her. And Cam chases after her, asking her out almost every day for months. I honestly just didn’t understand why and when he tried to explain it himself, the reason was basically that she was different and beautiful. But honestly, you don’t chase after someone for so long without a good reason. I am a skeptic, I know, and I don’t read pure romance often, but contrived romance like this is the reason why.

While I get some of the hype about Cam, in that he is wonderfully patient and supportive, hot, funny, etc… he bothered me at times too. Not just by how he was so completely smitten with Avery (without good reason), but his insistence on calling her “sweetheart”. He first did so around the second or third time that they met. And then it just continued. It didn’t sound natural to me, and every time he repeated it, I cringed. I dislike pet names. But in this case it also just clashed with the image I had of him and made the dialogue sound stilted.

Ultimately my frustration with Wait for You stems from how slow it moves. And I don’t mean that I wanted to get to the hot, erotic scenes faster, that’s not the point. I mean that Avery’s resistance to trusting others was believable, but it dragged on for way too long, leading to too many almost-hot scenes before backing off again. It took too long for her to get that reality check she so desperately needed. And while they tried to keep what happened to her a sort of mystery that gradually unraveled, I basically had it figured out in the first quarter of the book. Knowing what happened to her but still waiting for that inevitable confrontation scene where it all comes out is just plain frustrating.

Summing Up:

The New Adult genre may not be for me after all. I’m not one to shy away from sexy scenes, no, but I felt like this was just trying too hard. The romance was at times great and at times completely cringe-worthy. I will praise the realism and the effort to tackle some tougher issues, and ultimately I think a lot of readers in college (or later) will like it, as it is rather easy to relate to. But for me, this was purely a one-shot escapism book: entertaining for a while, but I’ll forget about it soon. The characters and the romance were not amazing enough to get my praise.

GIF it to me straight!

Still waiting to be wowed…

Recommended To:

18+ fans of contemporary romance.

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14 responses to “Book Review: Wait for You by J. Lynn

  1. Yeah, I've heard pretty much "meh" things about this one. Unless it's a review from a giant JLA stan, in which case it wa sall fangirling. I wasn't going to read it, especially after seeing you only rated it 3 Oranges, but then I saw SUPERNATURAL REFERENCE. Hello, there. How can I not read it now? Even if it is cringe-worthy. Sigh. Supernatural will be the end of me.
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  2. Hahaha, the Supernatural reference was just in passing. One night, Avery's watching Supernatural and she just says like that it wasn't a good idea to do that right before going to sleep or something… Haha, I wouldn't read it just for that xD

  3. Pam

    I completely agree. I read anything Jennifer Armentrout writes and absolutely loved both the Lux series and the Covenant series, but this was just ok. Totally unrealistic how Cam pursues her for so long. And the "sweetheart" thing was very annoying (remember Daemon always calling Kat "Kitten"?–that bothered me too). Does this mean you'll be skipping Frigid? It comes out July 15th and I know I'm still reading it. Just can't help myself!
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  4. For some reason, I didn't mind Daemon calling Kat Kitten, since he was obviously teasing her with it. I dunno, I though that was acceptable, and I found it pretty cute.

    I dunno. I might read Frigid anyway just because for escapist romance, I know what I can expect from Jennifer, and I mostly like it. It may not be an outstanding work of fiction, but it's usually enjoyable if I'm in that mood. So when I get that urge, I guess I'll pick it up, but I'm not rushing out for it.

  5. First of all, that weird scene is pretty laughable, who does that?! And then I automatically cringed at the Sweetheart thing. If it seems unnatural, why do it? I mean Xander did a thing constantly in The Distance Between Us and it was so natural that I looked forward to it right along with Caymen (by the way, please read that book soon!). But meh, I wasn't that excited about Wait For You and now I'm even less excited. And that's maybe because I tried out some new adult books and they were all pretty much girl-has-issues-there-is-hot-sex-misunderstanding-happily-ever-after. I mean, it is a nice change of pace BUT it's a repetitive one and who wants that.
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  6. I will read The Distance Between Us just as soon as it gets here. *glares at TBD*

    I think New Adult is just all about wish fulfillment, and it'll be one in a billion that's actually a decently good work of fiction. *sigh*

  7. Bahahaha I'm still laughing about your experience with Obsididan xD I don't know if NA is my thing at all. I mean once in a while to cleanse the palate, maybe… But I dunno. Yeah, I wouldn't tell you to go out of your way to read this. It's just okay.

  8. Yeah, I really have to be in exactly the right mood for romance-heavy novels, and that happens like once every other month or so. I have to believe there's better out there than this though. But I'm curious what you'll think 🙂

  9. hah, yeah, I think if you're sucked into the story these flaws won't bother you too much, but since I wasn't too absorbed…. I couldn't help it. Glad you could enjoy it though 🙂